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Grandparenting with a purpose offers resources to help grandparents intentionally pray for their grandchildren to know and follow Jesus Christ.

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My Calling to be a Mother extends beyond Motherhood

June 23, 2016
I became a grandmother on June 16, 2014, not only did that day alter my world forever, it gave me a new purpose and perspective on my life.  You see, my daughter and son– in– love named their first born after me!  Rebecca Claire and I bonded from the moment she entered this world taking her first few breaths. She, of course, was beautiful and to top it off, was a perfect image of my daughter who was the image of me as a child.  I’ll just call that good genes with a Divine author!  My joy was uncontainable and God had blessed me beyond measure, however, I soon discovered that being a grandmother came with new responsibilities! When my own children were born, I wrote the following in the front of my Bible: My Call as a Mother We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done…so that the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.  Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands. Psalm 78:4, 6-7 At the time I wrote those words, I was dedicated to teaching my children the fear of the Lord and to keep all His statutes and commandments as they grew into young adults.  However, now as a grandmother, I read this text and knew that God was not finished with me yet.  He commanded me to reach out to the next generation – even the children yet to be born and leave a spiritual legacy for many generations to come!  Deuteronomy commands us to diligently tell our children and our grandchildren the deeds of the Lord which our eyes have seen and to make them known to future generations.  This is God’s plan to pass on His legacy! Grandchildren offer us the opportunity to “live beyond today!”  Who has the primary responsibility to pass on our faith to the next generation?  Nowhere in the Bible does it say the church has the primary responsibility.  Scripture clearly states that families, specifically parents and grandparents are the means by which our children are to learn to walk with God and learn of His great love for them. How will I pass on a Godly legacy to my grandchildren?  The demonstration of my faithful walk with the Lord and my prayers for them are powerful ways to pass on my faith.  I must intentionally communicate how the Lord has changed my heart and the ways I allow Him to guide my life as I place it in His faithful hands.  To tell of His mighty works and answers to my prayers will demonstrate the power of walking with Jesus daily.  God has commanded us in His Word to do this as an example of His unfailing love for His people! We have the opportunity to influence and shape the hearts

Grandparents Unite in Prayer on National Grandparents’ Day

June 22, 2016
Christian Grandparenting Network is asking grandparents to make National Grandparents Day on September 11, 2016 a special Day of Prayer for their grandchildren and their parents. Grandparents asking God with one voice in confident expectation to intercede for their grandchildren and their parents like strands of a rope, which are inseparable. Click on http://www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com to learn more about Grandparent’s Day of Prayer.  Check out the book Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren on this website for a helpful prayer resource. By Lillian Penner  

Do you Think we are in a Cultural Shift?

June 17, 2016
I think we are in the midst of a cultural shift. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. writes in his book, Cultural Shift, “Mass media and technology are exploding. Popular entertainment relentlessly pushes the envelope. Biomedicine stretches boundaries. Political issues shift with the polls, Christian orthodoxy is questioned in every front. The world we live in is undergoing a major cultural transformation, one leading to a widespread lack of faith, an increase of moral relativism, and a rejection of absolute truth.” Satan has launched an aggressive attack on all fronts using media, technology, education, social influences and political pressures to desensitize and cloud the boundaries of truth and righteousness that hold nations and families together. Today, our dear grandchildren are growing up in a culture where dishonestly, the blame game and self-centerness is prevalent. The times have changed since we raised our children. The parents of our grandchildren desperately need our prayers to help them grow up in this confusing broken world in which we live. Therefore, the Christian Grandparenting Network is making the National Grandparents Day on September 11, a Day of Prayer for our grandchildren and their parents. As our grandchildren return to school this fall, we invite you to join other grandparents in your community and around the world for an intentional “Day of Prayer” on behalf of the next generation. Grandparents who believe in the power of prayer can make a great impact on their children, grandchildren and future generations with prayer not only on National Grandparents’ Day but everyday. Will you ask God how you can be part of this special event? At this time we are still looking for volunteers who will take the lead to organize an event in their church, in their home, or any meeting location you choose. It’s not a complicated process. We will supply you with resources and a step-by-step guide to help you create a successful event. To find out more about becoming a volunteer, follow the steps below. Check out this website for blogs, endorsements, testimonials and promotional materials and free downloads. www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com. For additional information, contact me – Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network  lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net. Let’s make the National Grandparents’ Day a Day of Prayer for our grandchildren and their parents    

Valuable Free Resources for Grandparents’ Day of Prayer

June 16, 2016
We need your help! We need grandparents to help us promote Grandparents’ Day of Prayer and who will take the lead to arrange an event in their area, calling grandparents to join in prayer on September 11. This event could be in your church, in your home, in a retirement complex, or any meeting location you choose. It’s not a complicated process; Christian Grandparenting Network (CGN) will provide you with step-by-step guidelines, resources, and online tools to help you create a successful event that will engage grandparents in prayer in your church or community. Just invite some grandparents in your home for prayer and a snack on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer. To learn more about becoming involved, click on  www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com. Check out the website for blogs, endorsements, testimonials and promotional materials and free downloads. We would like volunteers to complete the form to indicate your participation. Free Resources Available for distribution at your event.  (Download and print) 1. 31 Scriptures to Pray for your Grandchildren. Spanish and English. Downloadable FREE 2. Suggestions to Pray for School children. (Preschool-College) Downloadable FREE 3. Suggestions to Pray for College students.  Downloadable FREE 4. Suggestions to Pray for the Different Life Stages (Infants through married grandchildren)  Downloadable FREE 5. Placemat with “31 Scriptures to Pray for Grandchildren.”  Downloadable FREE 6.  E-book – “Reflecting on my Grandparenting Journey” by Lillian Penner Downloadable FREE 7. Prayer cards may be purchased and books are available on the website. For additional information, contact Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network  lpenner@christiangrandparenting.net. Join Us in Making National Grandparents Day on September 11, 2016  a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer By Lillian Penner  

What You can do on Grandparents’ Day of Prayer?

June 9, 2016
GDOP volunteers are dedicated followers of Christ who serve as prayer intercessors on behalf of the next generations. They are part of a team of prayer intercessors across the nation and around the world that are united in their resolve to stand in the gap for their children and grandchildren through prayer. While you have a great deal of latitude in how your event may look, CGN has created this step-by-step guide to help you organize a successful event and to give you tools and resources to assist you in the process. This is a very simple event, but you can do much more if you desire. We only ask that prayer be the primary focus of all that you do. It is important to not lose sight of this being a prayer event, not a social event! Here are the basic duties you will need to perform as a volunteer organizer of a Grandparents’ Day of Prayer event on September 11, 2016… •    Sit down with your pastor and/or appropriate church leaders to tell them about this event and to enlist their support to promote it in your church. •    Recruit and organize a team of volunteers to help you plan the event and to enlist continual prayer support for your team as they prepare. •    Decide which kind of event would be most suitable for you. (A potluck, dessert, prayer time after church or in a home?) •    Decide on a time and a location. •    Provide necessary promotional materials to use in your church or community. What is the best way to connect with the grandparents God wants you to invite to your Grandparents Prayer event? •    Send or distribute personal invitations to as many individuals in your church or community as possible. At the Event: •    Introduce guests to each other. •    Share a devotional about the urgency to pray for families, today. (You may come up with one or we can give you one to share) •    Share testimony of a younger person about how their grandparents influenced them spiritually. •    Play short video clip from Executive Director and National Prayer Coordinator •    If in a large group, divide into smaller groups. •    Share Prayer requests •    Handout suggestions to pray from the free downloads on website, While you have a great deal of latitude in how that may look, CGN has created this step-by-step guide to help you organize a successful event and to give you tools and resources to assist you in the process. This is a very simple event, but you can do much more if you desire. We only ask that prayer be the primary focus of all that you do. It is important to not lose sight of this being a prayer event, not a social event!www.grandparentsdayofprayer.com if desired. •    Ask grandparents if they would like to meet on a regular basis to pray for their families. (Monthly, biweekly or weekly). Get sign up commitments and contact me. If you need

Suggestions to Pray for your Married Grandchildren

June 7, 2016
  Suggestions to Pray for your Married Grandchildren For Married grandchildren, pray they will: Understand how incredibly great God’s power is to help, if they ask Him. Establish spiritual disciplines as part of their lives. Read God’s Word and pray together regularly as a couple. Seek God’s guidance in the management of their time, money, and careers. Develop open and honest communication with their spouse. Grasp the importance of saying, “I’m sorry,” and “I forgive you”. Understand there is no such thing as too many hugs. Honor their parents. Be united in spirit and intent on one purpose. Be able to firmly stand against anything that might threaten their marriage. Be able to establish a stable, loving Christian home for their family. Recognize the deception and peer pressure of the world. Taken from the book “Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren” page 86 available at http://www.gdptpr.com . By Lillian Penner, National Prayer Coordinator, Christian Grandparenting Network